This stunning plant is grown for its impressive foliage. Now, you may realise I'm not saying flowers; the iconic red, white or pink foliage is not, in fact, the flower. They are waxy leaves called "spathes", but they are often referred to as flowers. The actual flowers are tiny bumps on the pointed structure (called a spadix), that’s often protected by a colourful sheath (called a “spathe”). The combination of the spadix and spathe is what’s normally referred to as its flowers, or the flowering head. You live and learn, right?
Anthuriums are also known as Flamingo Flower, Tail Flower and Painted Tongue Plant. Find out how to keep your Anthurium happy inside as a houseplant and add a bit of colour to your home jungle!
How To Care For Anthurium?
Flamingo Flowers are a relatively easy houseplant to take care of.
If you want your plant to flower more frequently, allow them to “rest” for six weeks during the winter. Place them in a cooler room with more shade and give them a little break. Your plant will come back with new flowers for the rest of the year, each flower lasting for two to three months.
Once your flowers have gone over and start to brown, remove the flowers and any brown leaves with a sharp scissor or pruner.
Anthurium's Light Needs
Keep your plant in a bright, warm room, where it can get plenty of indirect sunlight. Avoid direct light, as it can scorch the leaves and hurt the plant!
How To Water Anthurium Plants?
Water Anthuriums moderately - you should water them when the top inch of the soil becomes dry and make sure water can leave the pot through the drainage wholes.
These plants are fussy when it comes to overwatering, so make sure you don’t give them too much. Symptoms of overwatering are yellowing or brown spots on the leaves.
A misting every week, however, is welcomed by this plant. It originates from tropical parts of the world, so it prefers high humidity.
Feed your houseplant with houseplant feed once per month during the growing season to encourage more flowers. Use a feed high in phosphorus to really bring out everything your plant has to offer!
Is Anthyrium Poisionus?
Anthuriums contain calcium oxalate crystals, which make them poisonous to both pets and humans. Chewing will release these crystals, causing irritation of the mouth and the GI tract. They can also cause swelling of the airway, making it hard to breathe. Keep Anthuriums away from pets and small children and avoid any of its sap to touch skin!